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Benkay Japanese Restaurant

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2 India St, Portland, ME 04101-4710
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5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
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  • Value
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    4 of 5 stars
Good Japanese good, in quiet gentle surroundings

Title says it ... typical Japanese menu, well prepared, in a nice quiet place. I'm regularly there for the lunch specials.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Peaks Island, Maine
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Peaks Island, Maine
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70 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Title says it ... typical Japanese menu, well prepared, in a nice quiet place. I'm regularly there for the lunch specials.

Thank ArthurFink
South Portland, Maine
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Though the dining room was almost empty, we were given a table near the door where the draft from the entrance was very unpleasant. We asked to move and were given a tiny table for two, which was near a pleasant window but too small to comfortably hold our order. My companion and I shared the appetizer sampler and two... More 

Thank parcoaverno13
New England
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A lot of Japanese restaurants in Portland but this is easily one of the best. Food is always fresh with a good variety. Only downsides are that service can be a bit slow when they are crowded and the parking lot is not very big. There is public parking now across the street. If you like Japanese food, then Benkay... More 

Thank OnTheRoad124
Gilford, New Hampshire, United States
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

We sat at the Sushi bar and the Sushi chef helped us pick what we should order based on our requests. It was amazing!!

Thank Kellie D
Sydney Australia
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

This place doesn't look very enticing from the outside and the interior decor isn't anything fancy either, however this little Japanese restaurant is my favorite place to eat in Portland. I travel to Portland frequently and without fail eat at least one meal here. The sushi is fantastic. Try the special lobster sashimi. It's expensive, but worth it. Wait staff... More 

Thank TMSydneyAustralia
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40 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015 via mobile

We get over to Portland 2 or 3 times a year. When can't eat outdoors this is our first choice. The fish is always fresh and the service top notch. My wife ordered the volcano special and was overwhelmed with the size and the quality. I had the Maine roll and the Maine crab California roll...and Maine crab sushi. All... More 

Thank Tom H
Portland, Maine
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

Great Japanese restaurant in Portland. Had a Groupon for this restaurant which they welcomed with no issues. Have been several times and it's consistently great service, friendly and efficient. Miso soup and seaweed salad are always fresh and delicious. Lots of great sushi, tempura, and many great choices. Enjoy!

Thank FoodieLoverPWM
Boston, Massachusetts
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223 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

We had dinner here when we were in town. The restaurant was a little quiet which was a surprise as the food was quite good. The room is a little dated and could do with a modern makeover. The menu leans towards fresh sushi. I tried a selection plate and was impressed. Very authentic and with some nice embellishments. Service... More 

Thank djfowler
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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73 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

We had the Sushi assortment platter. All were very fresh and tasty. My favorite was the Benkay sushi. We also had miso soup and seaweed salad. All were great.

1 Thank TravelLover1977_11
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

Best service, best atmosphere, best food. We love going here, everyone is always so friendly (not always the case when you bring a toddler with you). Free parking, there's often a groupon available, can't go wrong!

Thank cristin116

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2 India St, Portland, ME 04101-4710
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: 207-773-5555

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese, Sushi, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?